This year 'Hairdressers Support the Homeless' are funding 600 turkey and ham dinners for a very special party on December 29 at Brother Kevin's Capuchin Day Centre in Dublin. There will be spot prizes and music on the day. "In this present climate we are all finding it more difficult to survive in our businesses. Despite this I feel we can once again rely on the support of fellow hairdressers in Dublin and around the country to give generously as they have done over the last 25 years," says Blackrock hairdresser Aidan Fitzgerald, the driving force in this venture. Contributions to 'Hairdressers Support the Homeless', 12 Main Street, Blackrock, Co Dublin.
Crooner Jones's farewell gig at NCH
Legendary American singer Jack Jones, the last of the great American crooners, will play his farewell tour of Europe opening with a date at the National Concert Hall in Dublin on May 12, 2013. Jones was rated by the New York Times as the most gifted singer of that ilk and was called the greatest voice of our time by Frank Sinatra.
'Strictly' dancers go on Irish tour
Strictly Come Dancing stars Pasha Kovalev and Katya Virshilas plus their dancers will play an Irish tour in May supported by the Spotlight Stage School Dancers. Featuring stunning dance routines, the tour dates are May 27, Millennium Forum, Derry; May 28, Waterfront, Belfast; May 29, National Concert Hall, Dublin.
Granny Grimes stars in Jedward panto
Dublin granny Ann Grimes not only shares the same surname as the famous duo but now shares the stage with Jedward in the Dublin Bus Jedward Panto – Jedward & The Magic Lamp which opened at the Olympia Theatre, Dublin, last Wednesday and runs until January, 6, 2013. Tickets from Ticketmaster and usual outlets nationwide.
TV chance of a lifetime for students
Yellow Asylum Films is looking for transition year students to participate in a forthcoming television series which will follow four able-bodied pupils and four with disabilities on a life-changing journey to an exotic mystery location. Applicants must be 16 or older on January 1, 2013, have a valid passport and be free to travel during the spring of 2013. Those interested need to make a five-minute video; upload it to www.rte.ie/trte/inyourshoes, together with a completed application form and photo.
'Beauty' show first goes down a treat
The producers of the innovative Beauty and the Beast at the Helix in Dublin, staged Ireland's first sensory-friendly panto night last week – to acclaim from parents of children with special needs. It was so successful that another performance is planned for January 6. "The changes included softer and brighter lighting, no sudden noises or bangs," said writer/producer Claire Tighe.